Saturday, April 28, 2018

Virtual Genealogical Society

We're excited to support the new Virtual Genealogical Society.  Check it out:
28 APRIL 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANNOUNCING THE VIRTUAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

The Virtual Genealogical Society is a global organization serving family history enthusiasts of all levels, geared towards those:

● whose circumstances make it difficult to attend local genealogical society meetings

● who prefer online presentations, special interest groups (SIGs), conferences, and socializing

● with an interest in connecting, networking, and mentoring with global genealogists

The Virtual Genealogical Society began with the recognition that many family history enthusiasts are merging technology and globalization in their genealogical pursuits. We aim to provide a forum for genealogists to connect, network, and mentor with genealogists around the world through monthly meetings online, webinars, social networking, annual conferences, and in-person meet-ups at conferences, institutes and events around the world.

Membership is just $20 per year and provides:

● 24/7 access to Members-Only section of website

● Recorded monthly webinars by nationally-known speakers

● Webinar handouts

● Live chat with featured speakers in members-only Facebook group

● Fillable PDF forms for family history research

● Digitized monthly newsletter

● Eligibility for prizes offered during monthly webinars

● Access to Special Interest Group (SIG) discussions and handout

● Discount on annual virtual conference registration cost

● Eligibility for prizes during annual virtual conference

● Discounts on genealogy software, databases, publications and products

● Members-only Facebook group for networking, mentoring, and socializing

 
The Virtual Genealogical Society encourages all members to continue joining the genealogical societies in their local area and/or in the area where their ancestors lived. These societies can provide additional benefits that include:

● Access to their local database of records and indexes

● Mentorship from society members with expertise in local records and repositories

● Field trips to area repositories

The Virtual Genealogical Society will be hosting a three-day virtual conference from November 1-3, 2019. Confirmed presenters are listed on our website:  http://virtualgensoc.com/

For more information, contact us at info@virtualgensoc.com or visit http://virtualgensoc.com/.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sunshine and Jessica Taylor

I had the delightful opportunity to have lunch with Jessica Taylor again yesterday, this time at the Trellis Cafe at Thanksgiving Point.  The Tulip Festival is in full swing and it was a beautiful day to eat out on the porch.  If you haven't ever been to Utah during the Tulip Festival, you must come.  Last fall we finished the new windows in my office and I've been itching to plant the flower garden I will be able to see from my desk.  I had a few pots outside with tulips and daffodils, but it is nothing like the majesty of what is going on at Thanksgiving Point.  So it was a wonderful break from our busy days to take a break with the beautiful Jessica and the beautiful tulips.

Jessica is a great friend.  She owns Legacy Tree Genealogists and has won several awards for the amazing business she is building.  She and I are trying to figure out the details of how to scale our businesses so it is good to have someone to share ideas with.  We both find ourselves in the position of knowing more about our company's subject than we do about how to run a company--much like most entrepreneurs--but we're figuring it out.  We founded the Genealogy Business Alliance together and I think that has made an impact on the industry and been a support to other startup companies.  She is a light in my life and hopefully together, we can light the way for others as well. 

Yesterday, it felt like I was a bundle of concerns, about business, about family and about stuff.  We were sitting in the sunshine, and it really helped. (Do you ever have a day like that?) It was great to have a safe place to talk about it all.  We both came away with notes about new avenues we wanted to try and resources that we could follow up on.  I'm so thankful to have a partner in crime and someone who understands, someone to work on projects with and someone who is figuring out the same puzzle.  It is always so nice to get together. 

I'm thankful to have such a great friend. 




Friday, April 13, 2018

Fun Interview with Angela Rodesky

Wow, she got me talking didn't she?  It is so great to be able to share our story.  Thanks Angela! 

Take a look: